Mark Clairmont |

MUSKOKA — After a slow start the first week, Muskoka’s two Muskoka COVID-19 assessment centres (AC) now report they have assessed and tested almost 1,000 people for the coronavirus.

Janine van den Heuvel, executive director of the Algonquin Family Health Team co-ordinating the sites in Bracebridge and Huntsville, says as of today, May 7, they have completed more than 480 tests and also virtually assessed nearly 500 patients.

She says the numbers are specific to the assessment centres only and do not include tests administered through the hospitals in the same towns, long-term care — currently underway this week — or any other institution.

The Huntsville and Bracebridge ACs have an adaptable capacity and the planning has built-in flexibility to increase capacity in a surge situation.

“To date, we are meeting the requested demands for assessment and testing and do not have a wait list.”

So, if you have symptoms and would like to be tested you should first call your doctor or nurse practioner to set up an appointment in Muskka.

If you don’t have one call  Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and they will refer you for testing.

If you have been advised to attend a COVID-19 Assessment Centre, you may book an appointment by calling the Assessment Centre Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 1-888-383-7009.

Muskoka’s ACs have now tested or virtually assesed almost 1,000 people as of May 7.

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